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Weekend doctor: Dupuytren’s contracture of the palm

There isn't a cure for the disorder, but there are treatments

By Katie Fultz, PA-C and James Davidson, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Dupuytren's contracture is a benign disorder of collagen, which is in the body's connective tissue.

It is named after the French surgeon, who performed the first surgery for the condition. The disorder causes progressive fibrosis (fibrous thickening) of the superficial palmar fascia in the hand.

The layer of tissue between the skin and flexor tendons of the hand, in line with the finger, start to thicken to form a hard ball, called a nodule. Sometimes the nodule is painful, and sometimes it isn't.

Covid-19 testing guidance for patients and employers

From Bluffton Hospital and BVHS

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) is encouraging individuals to work with their primary care providers to order the COVID-19 test, if needed.

BVHS is collecting outpatient COVID-19 samples with a provider order at the Findlay and Bluffton campuses. These samples are collected by appointment only.

Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are having symptoms related to COVID-19 are also able to be evaluated at Physicians Plus Urgent Care and COVID-19 testing may be ordered and completed onsite.

Weekend doctor: Preparing for elective surgery

Process is important to make sure you are properly prepared and informed for the surgery

Information provided by Peggy Robinette, RN; Lisa Butler, RN; and Maura Mathias, RN, Pre-surgical screening, Blanchard Valley Hospital
When an elective surgery is scheduled, you will be contacted to set up a pre-surgery health interview.

This process is important to make sure you are properly prepared and informed for the upcoming surgery. This interview can be done in person or by phone. This type of screening was implemented many years ago to improve patient care before and after surgical procedures.

Mid-week doctor: Folic acid, why take it?

Folic acid is a human-made form of the B-vitamin folate. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid to be healthy, but especially before pregnancy.

By Abigail Maas, NPRN-CNP
Certified nurse practitioner

Folic acid is a human-made form of the B-vitamin folate. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid to be healthy, but especially before pregnancy.

Folic acid helps form the neural tube and is known to decrease the risk of major congenital disabilities of an unborn baby’s brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida). 

Neural tube defects are the second most common major congenital anomaly. It is important to start folic acid supplementation prior to pregnancy due to these congenital disabilities occurring in the first few weeks of pregnancy.

Weekend doctor: Nutrition for cancer prevention

Consuming a nutritious diet is important for cancer prevention

By Rachel Niermann, RDN, Licensed Dietician
Armes Family Cancer Care Center

When preventing a cancer diagnosis, there are many factors to consider, both in and out of our control.

An individual’s risk of developing cancer depends on age, gender, genetics, environment, socioeconomic status and lifestyle behaviors. The good news is that we can control the lifestyle behaviors in which we choose to partake.

Mid-week doctor: Stay-at-home-nursing

It is less restrictive than it sounds

By Jenna Cotterman MOT, OTR/L, COQS
Home Health Therapy Manager
Bridge Home Health & Hospice

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, being able to stay at home to receive nursing care and therapy services may be a newer thought to some.

Many aging individuals aren’t aware of the insurance benefits they already have that include in-home care. Those with Medicare as their primary insurance are typically covered 100 percent for home care services, as long as certain criteria are met.

One of these is being “homebound.” It may sound like a scary term, but it is less restrictive than it sounds.

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